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Saturday, December 26, 2009

1st Official One-Year Anniversary Protest for Gaza

from houstonindymedia.org-

A protest to mark the one year anniversary of the Israeli war on the people of Gaza.

Sunday, December 27, 2009
1:00pm - 3:00pm
The Galleria
Corner of Post Oak & Westheimer
Houston, TX

From Wikipedia:The Gaza War—known as Operation Cast Lead by the Israel Defence Forces and the Gaza massacre in the Arab world, was a three-week military conflict between Israel and Hamas that took place in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel during the winter of 2008–2009.

On 18 December Hamas declared the end of a six-month ceasefire with Israel and on 24 December began an intensification of rocket fire towards the country's towns.[19] On 27 December Israel began a wave of airstrikes[20] on the Gaza Strip with the stated aim of stopping the rocket attacks from and arms smuggling into the territory. Israeli forces attacked military targets, police stations and government buildings. There was also significant damage to civilian buildings. Hamas further intensified its rocket and mortar attacks against Israel, hitting civilian targets throughout the conflict and reaching major Israeli cities Beersheba and Ashdod for the first time. An Israeli ground invasion began on January 3, 2009. The war ended on January 18, when Israel first declared a unilateral ceasefire, followed by Hamas' announcing a one-week ceasefire twelve hours later. Israel completed its withdrawal on January 21.

Between 1,166 and 1,417 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed. More than 400,000 Gazans were left without running water, while 4,000 homes were destroyed or badly damaged, leaving tens of thousands of people homeless; 80 government buildings were hit.

A UN mission headed by Judge Richard Goldstone was established in April 2009 and produced a report in September 2009, accusing both Palestinian militants and Israeli Defence Forces of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity, and recommending bringing those responsible to justice.[31] In October 2009 the UN Human Rights Council endorsed the report by 25 votes for, 6 against and 16 abstentions/failures to vote.

Check out this video from one of the ongoing protests last year:

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Service center to hosts stroke education class

From a press release:

CFHED, in conjunction with the Harris County Area Agency on Aging Elderly & Caregiver Support Services presents Stroke Education.

This 4-hour class differentiates the various types of strokes, presents signs/symptoms of stroke, discusses TIA’s, reviews risk factors for heart disease & stroke – ones which can and cannot be changed, prevention, effects of stroke, communication & eating problems, physical disabilities resulting from stroke, and provides individual practice in body mechanics, transfers, and self-help through use of CFHED’s training DVD.

Third Ward Multi Service Center
3611 Ennis Street
Houston, Texas 77004
Classroom located in the Auditorium)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Call for reservation by January 18:
The toll free number is 1-877-747-1542.

Free to registered participants

Local number: 281-286-4839

It is recommended that you wear rubber-soled shoes and dress comfortably for classroom practice. Emphasis is on safety, independence and quality of life. Snacks will be provided. Bring your lunch, if you wish. Certificates issued upon completion of course, and free DVD package, “The Practical Caregiver” to first 50 attendees.

Partially funded by the Texas Department on Aging and Disability Services & HCAAA.